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The Airport Book Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2-Nobody knows what's become of Monkey except the preschooler who packed him, tail protruding from the zipper of her suitcase. And so Brown begins this brilliant little book that weaves a Knuffle Bunny-esque narrative into an expository introduction to air travel. It's raining in the city, and a mixed-race family of four take a cab to the airport on their way to see the grandparents. The first page shows a single car on a long, flat drive to their destination, but the page turn opens up to the chaos of the airport itself. Brown bumps up our interest by following several groups of passengers as she takes readers through the procedures and places in an airport, from drop-off to pick-up. There's the soccer team, a cranky old woman and her complacent husband, and a family of look-alike redheads. At check-in, security, and the gate and on the plane, careful readers will notice Monkey making a parallel journey. Each page offers a simple narrative reflection of the India ink and watercolor illustrations in text small enough not to distract from the page's visual impact. Well-placed speech bubbles create personalities for an airport's vast cast. The girl and her monkey are reunited at the end of the trip, and readers have learned what to expect when they fly. Planes fascinate children, and there is no shortage of books to develop that interest. There's always room for one more, especially one this good. VERDICT A must-buy for most libraries.-Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providenceα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Brightly colored people and baggage fill double-page spreads, nudging readers to look closely at faces, stances, attitudes, and activities to spin narratives for the travelers. Strategically placed text, with modest typeface and subtle sizing, makes the story-building straightforward and the busy pictures navigable. Instructional, comforting, and threaded with multiple air-travel story strands, this travelogue delivers at many altitudes."―Kirkus Reviews, starred
"Planes fascinate children, and there is no shortage of books to develop that interest. There’s always room for one more, especially one this good. VERDICT A must-buy for most libraries. "―School Library Journal, starred
"Whether kids are readying for their first plane trip, wondering where parents go after they’re dropped off at the terminal, or just looking for some imagined travel, this will set them on the runway."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred
"This is one of those books you could look at forever and never run out of new things to notice, smile at, and fold into the next reading. Sky-high in concept, execution, and kid appeal; the only airport book you’ll ever need."―Horn Book, starred
"Amusing Easter eggs abound, and Brown’s calm delineation of the mysteries and mundanities of air travel should reassure reluctant travelers. "―Publishers Weekly
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It's the perfect book for kids if you love to travel (like we do). It has a lot going on, explains the process well, and, the best part, has amazing illustrations throughout. There are many people on each page but the illustrator repeats many of the characters on each page. We love finding each character and following them throughout the book. There is a lot of fun things to look for even as an adult and I SERIOUSLY find new things every time I read this book.
Also, my 2.5 year old daughter has learned airport and travel vocabulary from this book! I'm glad because we travel a lot. She says "jet way" and "security" and understand standing in a line because of this book. =)
Very up to date in airport experience. My little ones were more interested in the travels of the stuffed monkey and were worried when the little dog pulled it from the bag. Would recommend for the first time traveler with kids and for bedtime/story time.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the story line is simple enough, but there are many interesting details and side stories to follow. So with each reading, we focus on a different subplot. It really engages our son's little inquisitive mind and leads to many fun conversations.